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GP Week : Issue 45
letters email us at email@example.com not what it apeared? It seems nobody can mention Force India now without mentioning the 'heartbreak' of Monaco 2008; but why is it that nobody ever mentions that Sutil was investigated by the stewards following that race for overtaking 3 or so cars under waved-yellow flags? Ultimately he wasn't punished (and he didn't score anyway) but I dare say that had he reached the chequered flag he'd have been pushed out of the points by way of penalty anyway. I hate to be the party-pooper, but it simply was not the drive by Sutil everyone thinks it was. John Bagusauskas firstname.lastname@example.org Special treatment for Team Red? I am just enjoying GPWeek 044 and choked somewhat at 'Short Straits – how come Ferrari tested their new B spec F60 at Vairano last week? I thought ALL mid season testing was banned except on the Friday of a GP? Are Ferrari cheating again or do they have special dispensation to allow them to catch up? This season is terrific so far with the arrogant teams playing catch up while the underdogs thrash them – long may it remain like this. GP Week is brilliant – I even read it before Autosport! John Atkins South Africa email@example.com Buxton: Great point about the F60, but I'm afraid Ferrari hasn't broken any regs as far as testing is concerned. While extensive in-season testing is banned, teams are allowed to run their cars during the season for demonstrations etc, but most crucially, they have 3 test days for young drivers and 8 one-day tests at FIA-approved circuits to run aero evaluation. Ferrari may be all at sea right now, but even they wouldn't be so brazen as to publically flout the rules quite so blatantly ... The way we were I had to do a double-take at your image of Roland Ratzenberger in has Simtek. At first I was excited by the image of a 'real' F1 car, not the modern cartoon, speed-racer version, with all their bits and bobs, adornments, wheel scoops etc. But alas, I zoomed in on the text and was reminded of a dark day in motorsport. The 1994 Simtek is smooth, graceful, simple, beautiful. One could sketch the outline on a napkin. Alas for days gone by. Brett Schafer, Brisbane Australia. firstname.lastname@example.org 22 Safety should neve Michael Sunday’s Superbike shambles was Scott MotoGP editor Thankfully there were no very bad injuries, but watching the start of the first Superbike race at Monza on Sunday sent chills down the spine. Earlier in the week, after talking to Mika Kallio for this issue, I’d been looking again into the career of his Finnish predecessor, the legendary Jarno Saarinen, an activity that inevitably ends up with great Tragedy of Monza, 1973. That too was a first-lap accident, at very high speed, and the toll was terrible. Jarno Saarinen and Renzo Pasolini, first and second in the 250 World Championship the year before and likewise leading the race, were both killed instantly in a macabre melee as the pack piled in behind them. more merciful: although both Max Neukirchner, erstwhile race leader, suffered a fractured femur, which is no light matter; Briton Brendan Roberts suffered other injuries, and Makoto Tamada a broken wrist. Merciful, because in circumstances like this, with bikes and bodies flying everywhere, the outcome is more than anything a matter of good or bad fortune. Whether such mass accidents happen in the first place should not be a matter of luck, however. Monza’s first corner is tailor-made for such disaster, as we have seen many times in the past. The wide start straight funnels savagely into a slow, one-line right-left chicane, a stop-start corner with no flow to it. Set a pack of bikes off together from the start line, and it’s far enough away for them to be clocking on towards 200 km/h and mostly side-by-side by the time they all hit the brakes. The concertina effect does the rest, The Lure of Island R Martin the unexpected. On my first visit to Corsica, as a holMeS rallies editor noThing can be taken for granted when you rallying in the islands, except that the unexpected is sure to happen. Years of experience competing in the Isle of Man taught me that ferries and flights depend on weather not a timetable. The misfortunes of competitors who wait endlessly for rally cars to arrive back on the metropolitan mainland are salutary. But nothing in rallying is more fun than rallying on islands. The spirit of getting away from it all forever pervades. It is holiday sport above all else. It is difficult to name my favourite island rally but they all hold memories of journalist, I was so enraptured by its asphalt stages that I swore not to return except as a co-driver, which I finally did three years later. That place has magic in many ways – like the way there is a truce in the inter-family rivalries of the local inhabitants when the rally is on. I went several times to Elba, an island full of spirit. I swore I would never return in case I met a fellow passenger who believed I had jumped the ferry queue and forced him to stay behind while we sailed off to Piombino. He was really angry. I was terrified on my one and only visit to Targa Florio in Sicily, after I filled up my rental car but nobody would take the money, because the fuel station was said to be closed for lunch. I pleaded to be sent home immediately. “Why?”the organisers asked, “you really opinion opinion